Monday, December 03, 2007
My kingdom of nutcrackers.....
As you enter my home, you will enter a nutcracker kingdom. Our laundry room is also our cloakroom so all our guests go there to hang their coats. I have my washer, dryer and freezer here with a counter top over them so during the holiday season, I transform this space to a place for my nutcracker collection.
Just about all of them come from Seiffen which is a small mountain village in the Erzgebirge of former East Germany. This is a magical village where Christmas is a year round celebration. Even the street lamps are Christmas lanterns. It is here that these little wooden soldiers are created. We used to go here regularly.
Click the photos to enlarge and see the various nutcrackers.
As a young girl, I watched the Nutcracker ballet and fell in love with the story. I had always thought I would never be able to purchase a real nutcracker but living close to this village made it possible. We could buy them directly from the nutcracker factory and various workshops.
It all started from a book by E.T.A. Hoffman in 1816. It was not a book intended for children and seeded with deep meanings behind the characters. It has now become a beloved family event to attend this ballet. I have various versions on video that I enjoy watching during the holiday season.
I also hang a quilt in my laundry room which I change with each season or holiday. This Christmas quilt used to be an online free pattern from a wonderful Norwegian designer. Our quilt group made it one year doing a section of the quilt each month throughout the autumn. I changed a bit of the design as I wanted to include an old world Santa on mine.
Detail of the quilt...
And then what could say Christmas more in Holland than some red tulips combined with berries?
A few responses:
Thanks to everyone for the comments about my Three Wise Men. I feel more confident to use them with the crown and candle as everyone seemed to like that idea.
Nan ~ My mother is referring to the bad traffic we have here in this country. It is normal for a trip to take twice the time or even more during extended hours of the day. Rush hour here is very long and very tiresome!